NUNDLE’S tourism credentials have been given a major boost with the official opening of the Volcania Art Glass and Nundle Art Gallery last night.
Co-owner Linda Floyd said she and husband Mark were “over the moon” with the new premises which showed off their glassware to perfection.
“It’s got the lighting – it’s all nice and clean,” Mrs Floyd said.
The Floyds had moved from Dungowan, where they had had their Edelweiss Gallery for 11 years.
They opened the new gallery in mid-January in the old Nundle petrol station, keeping the facade intact (and the pumps) but renovating the interior.
“The response has been phenomenal,” Mrs Floyd said.
“We’re really pleased with how it’s going, too, because we’re selling some of our bigger-ticket items.”
The gallery, next door to Cafe Nundle, also has wheelchair access.
She said they’d thought long and hard before making the move but realised in the end that Dungowan was a place where people mainly passed through and they weren’t getting many people through the door there.
The official opening on Friday night saw a gala champagne welcome and other local artists present.
“Mark and I have, for many years, been glass artists creating a wide range of glassware encompassing modern and abstract pieces to practical and traditional – and I specialise in lead lighting. Much of our work is made to commission and we delight in creating something different and unusual,” Mrs Floyd said.
“The new gallery also acts as a wonderful venue to show the work of other local artists in the region.”
The Floyds plan to teach small groups in leadlighting for beginners, eco dying, cardmaking, mosaics and nuno felting.
The gallery is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and on public holidays (10am to 5pm summer, 10am to 4pm winter) – or by appointment for groups.